Can electrical wiring be water damaged? We all know that electricity and water make a deadly combination, so electricians should have figured out a way to make sure electrical wiring is, well, waterproof – right? Though that is the ideal, it is far from reality. Electrical wiring IS insulated and protected, but there are many things out of our control, things that can expose electrical wiring to water damage. In this article, we will dive into some of the possibilities as well as some ways you can protect your property from such disaster. If you ever need an electrician in the Reno and Sparks Area, you can call Super Electric. Our dedicated electricians and live representatives are on standby to take your call today.
Water Versus Electrical Wiring A lot of the electrical wiring in your building is hidden within the walls, ceilings, and floors and within conduits. The metal wiring themselves are also insulated in protective covering. Electricians do all they can to make these wires as isolated and protected from water as possible – for obvious reasons. Although water can damage and corrode those layers of protection, it’s not common.
The REAL Threat(s) It is not the water itself that is most concerning, but rather the many ‘things’ that can come with it. Floodwater, for instance, comes with all sorts of contaminants including gas, oil, runoff chemicals, and even sewage. They can also bring it rodents and other animals. All of these uninvited guests – and contaminants – can end up tearing through the electrical wiring. In short, the real concern is what might be brought in by the water and not the water itself.
What You Can Do
Most importantly, you should leave electrical wiring installations to qualified professionals. Hiring an inexperienced contractor to save some money today could end up costing you tenfold in the long run, especially if the contractor tries to cut corners. A trained and experienced electrician, meanwhile, will more likely deliver reliable and secure results. Plus, your property insurance provider might object to covering damages if you leave electrical work to unqualified contractors.
Next, make sure to stay on top of routine electrical inspections. We recommend homeowners and property owners have their electrical systems inspected once every two to three years. We especially advise you have the electrical wiring inspected after any flooding in the house. Your property insurance provider probably covers this cost! For a true peace of mind, you can replace the electrical wiring if it the property has been exposed to water for a long time. While you are at it, you can consider moving outlets higher up on walls. This will also keep kids and pets safe!
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